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Job Overview

  • Salary Offer £30000 - £40000 per annum
  • Job Location Warwickshire
  • Region Midlands

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Catering Manager to join a thriving independent family business and shape the future of their food offering in a great environment and location.

The Garden Centre is a relatively new build and has ongoing investment that has seen the turnover grow by 85% in the last 5 years and become a great destination centre. The business is looking to expand the retail and catering area with a 9000 sq ft extension proposed for spring 2020.

The right person will work closely with the owners on the development of the new catering facilities, this is to include a new kitchen, servery, further seating, a dedicated function/ demonstration/ talks room, children’s area and possible dog area.

The Job:

Currently the business has circa 180 covers restaurant, with customers placing an order at a till point and then all food and beverages delivered to the table. There is also an ice cream offering adjacent to the service counter.

The restaurant is budgeted to do £900,000 in 2019.

The Person:

We are looking for someone who will fit the culture and ethos of this dynamic family business.

The business is open as to what background the person comes from but they must possess the skills, personality profile and the ability to perform the key aspects of this role.

The person we are looking for must be able to carry out the following key aspects of this new role:

Visionary Leadership – ability to see the next stages of development, map them out and plan how these are executed over time. For example, the food offering has reached phase two in its plan so what might phase three and the develpment look like?

Personality Profile – the ability to work with the owners and sit alongside the more senior leadership of the business day to day. Also, the ability to work, motivate and create a great team spirit amongst and with the restaurant staff. Giving clear leadership whilst playing your part in the team and the wider team in the business. The business has a great mix of a family feel with a professional dynamic environment.

Commerciality – the ability to analyse current performance and situations and then look at creative ways of moving the business forward. The feeling is that the food offer could grow by 25% in the shorter term – how do we do that? Beyond that there is further growth with the development plans so what does that phase look like and how do we get there?

The business also recognises that the food sales as a % of the overall site could become a larger part of the sales mix so creating a plan to execute this is vital.

Personal skill set – the business would consider various backgrounds although garden centre catering experience would be helpful. Candidates with a food, food service, retail type background will be considered.


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